Hearthstone’s World Championship is the largest Hearthstone tournament in the world, so there’s always a lot of enthusiasm for it. Though last year’s championship was amazing already, this year some things are going to be just a little bit different! Let’s go over all of the things you need to know about the 2016 road to Worlds!
During the World Championship, 16 players of the best players from around the globe come together to duel for glory and use their decks to get a share of the $1 million prize pool, and the title of World Champion. The road to the tournament might be more intensive than the tournament itself though, as it consists of months of Ranked Play seasons, onsite Hearthstone Major tournaments, and online Hearthstone Cups where players compete to earn points to secure a spot in one of the Season Championships.
The first point-giving event actually kicks off today at DreamHack Winter 2015! This event takes place from November 26th to November 29th. Players can also earn points through Ranked Play starting December if they want to reach the Hearthstone World Championship at the end of the year. But what’s new compared to last year? Let’s take a look!
Based on the feedback from last year’s tournaments, the following changes have been made for 2016:
- More local champions. Four tournaments (three Season Championships and one Last Call Invitational per region) across the year will help determine the Hearthstone World Championship invitees.
- No instant byes in Hearthstone Majors. Invited players may have their spots reserved, but they will start in the same round as all open players to ensure a more even playing field.
- More money! We’ve increased the prize pool of the Hearthstone World Championship to a cool $1 million, with a $100,000 prize pool for the each of the nine Season Championships in the Americas, Europe and Asia-Pacific.
- More onsite events. With multiple Fireside Gatherings serving as the setting for the Season Preliminaries that lead into the Season Championships, there are more opportunities for you to attend a local event to either compete or cheer on your favorite players.
- Points matter more than ever. With the points decaying after each Championship Season, and the Last Call Invitational qualification relying on total accumulated points, collecting points will give you more opportunities to join the competition at any time.
- Point distribution has been rebalanced. The top placing players in a given event will receive fewer points, and the lower placing players will receive more points. For Ranked Play, this also includes providing points to every player that achieves the Legend Rank in an eligible season.
- More flexible match and tournament formats. We will take the opportunity with this year’s new structure to iterate and improve on the match format from each Championship Season to the next, and encourage other event organizers to be creative with their match and tournament formats as long as they encourage fair competition.
To learn more about the match format, point structure, season preliminaries and the gathering tournaments, you can visit the official Hearthstone website!
We’re happy to hear that Hearthstone takes its community feedback seriously, and though last year’s road to Worlds was amazing already, a couple of improvements can never hurt right? Let’s hope the less known Hearthstone players also get a chance to compete!
Source: Hearthstone Official WebsiteRelated: Blizzard Entertainment, Hearthstone, News, TCG, World Championship